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Nine million Afghans will be without food in upcoming months

As droughts continue in the northern and western regions of Afghanistan, approximately 1.5 to 2 million more citizens will face food insecurity going into the fall, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported to IRIN.

These new numbers are in addition to the over seven million people facing food shortages throughout the country right now, according to the news outlet said.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) Afghanistan typically produces 4.5 million tons of wheat annually with about one million tons imported. This year there has been a shortfall of 1.9 million tons, which means more will need to be imported or secured from various other sources.

Because of this, WFP has stepped in to help, though monetary shortages may result in even more food insecurity in the coming months, according to the news outlet.

"WFP had originally planned to feed more than seven million Afghans this year, but currently has the resources to reach less than four million," Assadullah Azhari, WFP spokesman told IRIN.

Ashari added that more funding needs to be collected in order to combat this growing problem.
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